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IT WAS DEFINITELY NOT love at first sight. “I mostly ignored her,” Dick, now 81, says, recalling the hot, muggy morning when he first saw his future wife. Watching her in the Time Life bureau, he thought she seemed aloof and too busy for a relationship.
“I thought he looked like a hippie,” Germaine says in the unmistakable musical cadence of a Vietnamese accent. “Long hair, marijuana joints rolled up in his shirt sleeves. I was not interested. I was a straight girl.”
Dick was an imposing figure with a mop of shaggy blond hair and cameras swinging around his neck. His work had already been published in The New York Times, Life, Time and Newsweek.
Germaine, a beautiful, black-haired woman, worked to support her entire family and volunteered for the South Vietnamese army. Fluent in French and Vietnamese, with a working knowledge of English, Germaine was a translator and liaison for reporters and photographers.
Back in the fall of 1963, she received a midnight call from a high-level source in the South Vietnamese army. He told her to come over right away. Dubious of his motives, she suggested that they meet the next morning. He warned that it would be too late by then. Reluctantly, she went to see him.
“Tomorrow we will have a coup d’etat,” he said. Germaine rushed from his apartment and found a Reuters reporter with whom she frequently worked. “I told him the story and he wrote it in good English,” she says.
The next morning, Nov. 1, 1963, a cabal in the South Vietnamese military captured and later executed President Ngo Dinh Diem and his brother. It was one of the biggest stories of the year, overshadowed only by the assassination of President John F. Kennedy a few weeks later. Germaine shared a byline with the Reuters reporter and became a local celebrity.
For three years after Dick and Germaine first met in 1966, each went about their business in the Saigon bureau. “I was about the only one not trying to seduce her,” Dick says.
April 30th, 1975, was the last day of Vietnam War. And yes, Operation Frequent Wind would go down as history's largest helicopter evacuation ever to take place.
It would become a time and date which witnessed over 7,000 South Vietnamese flee Saigon for their very lives.
Before the Operation, we were told that 150,000 North Vietnamese Communists troops were just outside Saigon South Vietnam ready to pounce.
Just a few weeks earlier, we were conducting Operation Eagle Pull which was the evacuation by air of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
At the beginning of April 1975, Phnom Penh, one of the last remaining strongholds of the Khmer Republic, was surrounded by the Khmer Rouge and totally dependent on aerial resupply through Pochentong Airport.
With a Khmer Rouge victory imminent, the US government made contingency plans for the evacuation of American nationals and allies to get them out by helicopter to ships in the Gulf of Thailand.
Operation Eagle Pull started on April 12th 1975, and is said to have been a tactical success carried out without any loss of life. It was just 5 days later that the Khmer Republic collapsed and the Khmer Rouge occupied Phnom Penh.
By the end of the month, we were preparing for another evacuation, but this time it would be Saigon South Vietnam.
As strange as it sounds today, back then we all knew when the Operation was to start. The signal was when American Forces Radio broadcast Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" on the morning of April 29 and announced "the temperature is 105 degrees and rising."
That was the signal. Americans and hand-picked Vietnamese began heading toward predetermined assembly spots. With that Operation Frequent Wind was on, and soon it seemed that choppers were everywhere.
Again and again, and again, and again. All day and all night long, choppers came and went to grab up as many as can be had. Yes, I remember the choppers and the scores of South Vietnamese who were fleeing a land about 30 minutes away.
Dennis Pupo Cruz was one of the 15 Cubans who got stopped just inches from the United States by President Obama’s decision to abruptly cancel the so-called wet foot, dry foot immigration policy that for more than 20 years had allowed any Cuban who made it to U.S. territory to remain.
When most people hear about Bitcoin, whether for the first or the tenth time, they ask one simple question: “What is it?”
Like an automobile, Bitcoin is technically advanced, and it can appear complicated, depending on how much you want to know about it. But also like an automobile, it doesn’t require you to be a technical expert in order to use it—and for it to change the way you interact with the world.
Here’s what you need to know. Generally speaking, Bitcoin is two things:
1) A payment network (“Bitcoin”);
2) The currency unit used on that network (“bitcoins”).
Thus, as both a payment network and the specific currency used on that network, you use “Bitcoin” to receive and send “bitcoins” from and to other people.
To clarify, take a look at the relationship between PayPal and U.S. dollars. PayPal is a payment network, but not a currency. In contrast, the U.S. dollar is a currency, but not a payment network. You use the PayPal payment network to make transactions in U.S. dollar currency.
The PayPal payment network is operated and centrally controlled by one company (PayPal Inc.), and the U.S. dollar is created and centrally controlled by one organization (the U.S. federal government).
Here’s where things get important, revolutionary—and a little weird.
The Bitcoin payment network, unlike anything else before it, is decentralized. It is not controlled by any company or organization. That fact alone is its core “value-add.” Bitcoin's decentralization is why it's unique and revolutionary.
The Bitcoin network is like file-sharing: it’s a network of computers that talk to each other, but nobody controls the network itself (there is no central server).
The bitcoin currency unit itself is similarly not created or controlled by any central party. Bitcoins are created by the network itself over time, in a process that distributes the new coins to those computers that are supporting and operating the network. The number of coins created in this way is limited according to a clear mathematical schedule. As of this writing, there are 15.8 million bitcoins in existence, and this will continually increase over time to a maximum of 21 million bitcoins many years in the future.
Unless you care about how Bitcoin accomplishes this, the above is really all you need to answer the question, “What is Bitcoin?” It’s a payment network, and a currency used on that network, which are controlled by no central party. People control their own bitcoins. The number of bitcoins in existence is limited by the rules of the protocol.
Perhaps the more important question is, “Why should I care?”
While computer engineers and mathematicians might find Bitcoin’s technical details fascinating, most people don’t really have the time for those complexities—just as most people don’t spend time worrying about exactly how the internet works. We trust that it does, we enjoy its benefits, and we know enough about it to use it.
And while it’s true that Bitcoin permits financial transactions that have essentially zero cost, that can occur instantly anywhere in the world, these consumer benefits are not really what’s important, either.
The real magic of Bitcoin, the reason it’s so newsworthy, comes from the consequences of its existence.
The fact that Bitcoin is decentralized, with no controlling entity, has fundamental implications. Because there is no central control, the power of the currency and its payment network belong entirely to the people who use it. And this power is tremendous indeed.
First-time claims for US unemployment insurance benefits rose slightly in the first week of the year, but still came in lower than expected, the Labor Department said Thursday. Initial claims rose by 10,000 in the week-ended January 7 compared to the prior week, to 247,000, adjusted for seasonal factors
Michigan has become the latest state to pass legislation aimed at combatting the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
The bipartisan legislation prohibiting Michigan from contracting with businesses that boycott a “strategic partner” was passed last month by both the state house and senate, and signed Tuesday by Governor Rick Synder. The bill intends to protect the state’s economy from efforts to restrict trade with Israel, a central goal of the BDS movement.
According to the bill, state agencies “may not enter into a contract with a person to acquire or dispose of supplies, services, or information technology unless the contract includes a representation that the person is not currently engaged in, and an agreement that the person will not engage in” boycotts of allies.
Mega movie star Meryl Streep was attacked as an “anti-Zionist” on social media this week for referring to fellow actress Natalie Portman’s birthplace as “Jerusalem,” without mentioning Israel.
At the 2017 Golden Globes on Sunday evening, Streep — who was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award — made this distinction while delivering her acceptance speech, a major portion of which was aimed at criticizing President-elect Donald Trump. One way she did this was to say, “Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners,” referring to the view of key players in the industry that the soon-to-be US leader is anti-immigration.
To illustrate her claim, Streep named a number of her peers present, who hailed from other countries. She pointed to Amy Adams, who was born in Venice, Italy; she mentioned Ruth Negga, from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; she noted Dev Patel, from Kenya; and Ryan Gosling who, “like all the nicest people,” was born in Canada. When she brought up Portman, however, she only stated that the “Jackie” star was born in Jerusalem.
Sweden has become the rape capital of the world despite the reputation of it being a harmonious place to live.
More Islamic immigration has spread across Sweden than any other country.
Swedish culture and Islamic culture just simply do not go hand in hand.
Sexual attacks at rock concerts have happened multiple times to multiple victims.
The world is changing and especially in Sweden.
The European Union has made a horrible mistake and especially Sweden has made a horrible mistake in working to help the immigrants.
NEXT GENERATIONS established the Nancy Dershaw Grant to raise funds to assist Holocaust Survivors in need. The Grant is named in honor of NEXT GENERATIONS’ Founder and President Nancy Dershaw.
Join Association for Women in Communications South Florida Chapter on January 24th for our monthly Meetup at the blue, Boca Raton Resort.
Over the past few years, we’ve been hearing more and more about Bitcoin and its uses. It’s went from a niche way to pay for goods anonymously to a popular cryptocurrency. Now, the booming casino industry is finally getting to grips with this new way to pay and figuring out why they should be using it.
Firstly, the anonymity of the currency lends itself well to what people wish to do with it. Online casinos are still seen by some as a vice, so not everyone wants to have them appearing on their card details. Some even still mistakenly believe that playing with casino sites will affect their credit score, which is not the case. Never the less, this pervasive belief means that some people just won’t use casino sites.
The Jewish state has “unequivocal” evidence that the outgoing Obama administration was behind the anti-settlement resolution approved by the UN Security Council last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday.
“There is no question whatsoever about that,” he told a group of visiting American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) officials in Jerusalem.
Furthermore, Netanyahu rejected the claim that the resolution broke no new ground, saying that it in fact represented a “major break” with past US policy